Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
BY MATTHEW WOODS, M.D.
When first aroused by feelings akin to indignation by the
announcement that this society was about to give a "smoker," it was
not because I loved less the brethren chiefly instrumental in making
the compromising spectacle possible, but because I loved my profession
and alma mater more.
I had been taught, and still believe, that medicine is a sacred
calling, that it combines in itself the excellencies of all
professions . . . that the physician is, or ought to be, a man set
apart, devoted to the betterment, not the destructive
pleasures . . . considers man morally as well as physically and
includes within its sphere the issues of life and death.
SOME OF THE MINOR IMMORALITIES OF THE TOBACCO HABIT.. JAMA. 1999;281(13):1156. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1156